Coconut Eggnog

Coco Joy Coconut Eggnog

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season. I have been contemplating making homemade eggnog this year, so I thought of a new twist to the typical eggnog and made this Coconut Eggnog. It is a huge hit! I used Coconut Water from Coco Joy which is made with real coconuts with no added sugar or preservatives. This coconut water is full of minerals and nutrients such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and more. This Coconut Eggnog recipe is great with and without the rum, and my kids loved it without the rum! Happy Holidays!!

Spicy Carrot Soup

Spicy Carrot Soup

As the weather cools down, what a better way to warm up then with a healthy soup that helps you lose those extra pounds at the same time. The curry in this Spicy Carrot Soup may raise your temperature, but the soup itself is light enough to satisfy your hunger without weighing you down. It is filling too, and even my three kids loved it! The soup is flavored with curry (so it’s not too spicy for kids). Curry powder has many health benefits such as cancer prevention, alzheimer’s disease prevention, heart health, bone health and more. Thank you to ZLiving for allowing me to share this recipe! It is our new fall favorite soup recipe

Halloween Cake Pops

Halloween Cake Pops

Take a break from the store bought sweets this Halloween and create your own festive dessert. Treat guests to Halloween Cake Pops, which are made using a homemade Pumpkin Spiced Bread recipe that is made with tofu. Simply combine pumpkin spice, flour and vanilla with House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu to create a lighter, healthier Halloween dessert. Next, melt the candy coating to create the icing for the cake pops. Then decorate with friendly jack-o-lanterns, scary ghosts, mummies and tombstones. Try something healthier this Halloween!

Sweet Tea Pumpkin Bread

Sweet Tea Pumpkin Bread

I am so ready for fall! I already made my first pumpkin bread last week, and I tried something new and used Milo’s Sweet Tea (our favorite) instead of oil. This Sweet Tea Pumpkin Bread came out fabulous! What I love about this recipe, besides the wonderful taste and moist texture, is that there no need fro a mixer. You add all of the ingredients in one bowl and stir. Get the kids involved and let them help you measure and stir the batter. This recipe also makes a perfect fall or holiday gift! Enjoy and here’s to fall weather coming soon!

Mango Smoothie with Tofu

Mango Smoothie with Tofu

As the heat wave of summer approaches, we can’t think of a better way to cool off than with a smoothie that’s both healthy and indulgent. Enjoy this Mango Smoothie with Tofu made with House Foods Tofu. This recipe will satisfy any craving and rejuvenate anyone on a hot summer day. It’s perfect for breakfast, after a workout or an afternoon snack.

House Foods Tofu offers both Premium & Organic products in five consistencies – soft, medium firm, firm, extra firm and super firm.  All varieties are made exclusively with 100% US grown soybeans and are Non-GMO Product Verified, gluten-free and Kosher certified.  Not only is House Foods Tofu low in fat and high in protein, it also has the ability to soak up any flavor and add body and texture to your favorite dishes.

Easy Eclairs Recipe

eclairs

My mom used to take me to our local bakery when I was little, and eclairs were always my top dessert pick. Last night, my sister Julie, invited my daughter and I (along with my niece and several other friends) to learn how to make homemade eclairs. Her dear friend, Orli, a French baking expert, taught us how to make these Easy Eclairs Recipe from scratch. The recipe instructions may appear to be a long process, but they truly are easy! Be sure to have a few Ziploc bags on hand for piping. They make piping the dough and filing even easier. Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

10 Minute Protein Pancakes

Protiein Packed Pancakes

Start your week off right with these 10 Minute Protein Pancakes. I love breakfast for dinner, and these provide you with plenty of great flavor and protein. They contain chia seeds – the highest known plant source of omega 3’s and omega 6’s. These are also said to help to energize and detox the body. I made these for the kids, and they loved them (they had no idea what was inside).  Thanks to Veria.com for sharing this recipe, one that you should keep in your files for sure.

Putting the “Giving” Back Into Thanksgiving

I am so excited about Thanksgiving this year, and all of the love, joy and peace the holiday brings. I feel so fortunate this year to have the incredible opportunity to work with Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms. They recently asked me to write this first newsletter for November, and it really took some inner thought. Putting this together has really put Thanksgiving in perspective for me. Hopefully, you can find some inspiration here for your holiday, as well.

Thanksgiving is a time for you and your family to share and enjoy wonderful memories. It’s also a time to think about others as well. Why not spend this year giving back to your community, yourself and your loved ones? For the past six years, I have hosted Thanksgiving at my house with my two sisters, one brother and their families as well as my parents and relatives. Honestly, it was a little scary and intimidating the first time, but when the entire family arrived, everything just flowed. Sometimes, I do get stressed out, but this year I am going to channel all of my energy on “giving back” to my community, my family and to myself.

I know we have all heard it before, but Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks. Despite how tough life can get, there are many people who are facing tougher times. Why not make a point to make someone else feel good by reaching out to them? Believe it or not, this will make you feel incredible and energize you as well. For the past few years, I have tried to make a point to do something charitable with my three kids to teach them the true meaning of Thanksgiving. I know many families who do this, and these types of activities have become a way to build family memories and traditions. Here are some examples and ideas that my family, friends and relatives do on Thanksgiving. These are not only meaningful, but they are also fun and enjoyable for the kids.

WAYS TO GIVE BACK

Here are some activities that are good ways to help others, and they also help you think about the meaning of the holidays. Maybe this will spark some ideas of your own. We would love to hear back about what your friends and family likes to do.

  1. Thanksgiving walk/run/race for Charity – Many cities have these and incorporate a 1-mile fun run for the kids. Our run is called the “Turkey Trot”, and it benefits cancer.

  2. Feeding the Homeless – One of my friends does this every year with her kids. Her dad took her when she was young, and this tradition has continued. Some friends also go to major baseball stadiums to feed the homeless people nearby.

  3. Help Feed America – One thing for certain every year in our house for Thanksgiving is a turkey. But this year, I learned that we can actually help a good cause by buying Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms turkey brand. Their company has partnered with Feeding America to help feed one million people and our purchase supports their company’s contribution of $250,000. You can learn more about how to personally take action here.

  4. Visiting Children’s Hospital – My sister visits the intensive care units and brings food to nurses every year (since she had a premature child of her own). Her kids go along with her and decorate cookies with the older children who are hospitalized on Thanksgiving.

  5. Holiday Gift-Wrapping – Every year, my kids and I go to the mall and volunteer to gift-wrap presents for a charity. The kids really enjoy this, (especially my daughter, who loves to make the bows), and they love seeing the gifts people buy.

  6. Bringing Police/Firemen Thanksgiving Meals – Some friends visit police and fire stations and bring them food. These men help us year-round, and this is a great way to show our appreciation.

  7. Visiting Retirement Homes – This is a great way to visit people who are lonely. I know some local teens that visit, sings songs and play card games at a local home. Many of these people no longer have families, and these activities really make Thanksgiving special for them.

  8. Humane Society/Animal Shelter Work – Some animal lover friends volunteer at animal shelters on Thanksgiving and make special donations to these shelters.

  9. Go Green on Thanksgiving – Be extra aware about recycling this year by using traditional silverware and dishware rather than paper goods, etc.

  10. Leftover Donations – Make turkey sandwiches with your leftovers and bring to homeless shelters or facilities taking food donations.

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